Xenia Hanusiak is a festival director, curator, cultural diplomat, and executive who has directed and curated performance programs, literary festivals and ideas summits for every major Australian festival, National Sawdust (New York), Film Society of the Lincoln Centre, Skirball Centre (New York), Beijing Music Festival, Singapore Arts Festival and the Melbourne Recital Centre. She has held Executive roles for the Foreign Press Association (New York), Honens International Piano Competition and Festival (Canada), Australian Consulate General (New York), and the World Federation of International Music Competitions (Switzerland).
‘The Board believes that our new Director will provide both the inspiration and the experience to ensure our commitment to presenting transformative art experiences to all our communities.’
‘I am delighted to accept the role of Executive Director, and to embark on this new adventure in Mildura on the land of the First People of the Millewa Mallee. Mildura has carved a special place in my career. I have contributed to five Mildura-Wentworth Arts Festivals with projects such as Mozart on the Murray and A Thousand Doors, a Thousand Windows. I am honoured to return to Mildura in this new role,’ Hanusiak said.
‘I am deeply committed to the arts and cultural life of Mildura and to creating a program that nurtures artists and creates an invitation for all to participate. Art enhances and enriches our daily lives and offers us an opportunity to view ourselves and our world through a different perspective. The arts can attract growth, invigorate civic pride, and bring prosperity to our region.’
‘In 2020 Arts Mildura celebrates its 25th Anniversary. I am looking forward to collaborating with the dedicated Board and staff to ensure its growth and vitality towards its next 25 year milestone.’
Xenia brings her diverse creative background to the role. She is a Global Cultural Fellow, Institute of International Affairs, University of Edinburgh; a Churchill Fellow, and a Eugene O’Neill Theater Critic’s Institute Fellow. She is a Visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at Columbia University (New York), Peking University, Kookmin University (Korea) and the University of Singapore. Her arts and cultural commentary are published by the London Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Arts and International Affairs, NY Times, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and AEON. She is a published playwright, librettist, author and poet, and a recording artist for Warner classics, ABC, and Vital records. As a specialist in contemporary music she has presented 50 world and country premieres of some of the world’s leading composers.